Meeting to help turn the tide on Stockton erosion woes

LANDFILL: Workers on site at the former Stockton rubbish dump where 5000 tonnes of household garbage has been stockpiled after it was exposed to the sea by worsening erosion. Picture: Jonathan CarrollDECADES of household rubbish hasbeingstockpiled on Stockton beach as the suburb continues to waitfor a solution to itsworsening erosion problem.
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Morethan 5000 tonnes of garbage hasbeen dug up after Fairfax Media revealed in Januarythat an old council landfill site, on Hunter Water land, was spewing rubbish into the sea.

Tubesof nappy rash cream, used bandages, car parts and asbestos were among the items discovered in mounds of household rubbish at the site, just north of Corroba Oval.

It’sthe latesttwist tothe suburb’s worseningerosion problem that has been an issue for decades. A large area of the tip has since been dug up andthe mountain ofrubbish covered with geo-fabric.

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A Hunter Water spokeswoman said workers had excavated up to four-metres deep and 10 metres behind the high-tide mark.

About 3000 tonnes of sand wasbrought in to re-fill parts of the coastline.The next phase of work involves installing large sand containers to protect the site from further erosion.

A Hunter Water spokeswoman said the authority was working with Newcastle City Council and the Environment Protection Authority to investigate if further remediation works were needed.

Tipping point on Stockton erosion: decades of waste piled on beach DISGUSTED: An old landfill was uncovered on Stockton beach on Friday, with rubbish washing into the water. Keith Craig of the Stockton Community Action Group described it as a “terrible” situation. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

DISGUSTED: An old landfill was uncovered on Stockton beach on Friday, with rubbish washing into the water. Keith Craig of the Stockton Community Action Group described it as a “terrible” situation. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Garbage tip washing into the sea at StocktonPictures: Max Mason-HubersShe said the rubbish was being stockpiled on site until an “appropriate” disposal method was identified.

Meanwhile, a community information session onerosion will be held atStockton RSL on Wednesday from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes will host the session that will look at remediation work, future plans and possible long-term solutions.

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Staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage and Hunter Water will attend.

Representatives from Mission will also be at the meeting to discuss the future of the suburb’s only child-care centre that is under threat from erosion.

The centre was forced to close for several days in Januarywhen large seas threatened the children’s outdoor play area.

Residents argue that Stockton should be categorized as an erosion “hotspot” to qualify for additional funding, but the state government saidlast month itdid not meet the criteria.

In December, the council removed Stockton from its coastal management plan, which proposes measures to address erosion along the coastline and is submitted to the state government to secure money from an $82 million funding pool.

It came after the state government’s Office of Environment and Heritage refused to sign off on anearlier version of the plan, which did address a long-term solution for the Stockton erosion problem.

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